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Upcoming Meetings

Even though it’s budget has already been published, the West Burlington city Council will hold a work session tonight at 6 to talk more about the 74-cent property tax hike. Mayor Hans Trousil, who doesn’t get a vote, says he won’t be there. The Burlington City Council will hold one of it’s every-other-week work session today. Public Works Director, Steve Hoambrecker, will present his 5-year Street The meeting starts at 4;30pm. The Southeastern Community College Board meets today at 5 and will hold a public hearing before voting on the next year’s budget. Continue Reading

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SCC Basketball NOT in National Tournament

The Southeastern Community College Mens Basketball Team will not participate in the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament. The qualifiers, which this year include four at large schools, were named yesterday, and SCC is not one of them. The Blackhawks were ranked 17th nationwide in their division when the regular season ended. The teams that made the at-large list were #3 Columbia State, #4 Harcum, #5 South Plains, and #8 Trinity Valley. The Blackhawk’s arch-rival, Indian Hills of Ottumwa, will represent this area as the regional and district champion. Continue Reading

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More Studies Needed Before Iowa Marijuana Approved

Governor Terry Branstad is warning there are too many “unintended consequences” to legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa. Branstad met recently with the mothers of children who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy — mothers who say an oil derived from marijuana is a treatment that’s working for epileptics in other states… “I think we have to be careful about drafting our laws just for a few people that have a particular problem or ailment.” The governor says medical marijuana — in whatever form — can easily fall into the hands of “people that don’t have prescriptions.”… “Already the biggest increase in drug abuse has been where you have unauthorized people using other people’s prescriptions. Continue Reading

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Daylight Saving Time this Weekend

This weekend marks the beginning of daylight saving time, which means losing an hour of sleep. Iowa Sleep Disorder Center founder, Steven Zorn, says it’s hard for some people to recover from the loss of sleep… “Well if they’re already sleep deprived adding another hour of sleep certainly doesn’t help. And that can be an issue in coordination and reaction times. People often feel like they don’t get back to their normal self for about a week.”

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on Sunday March 9th, and ends at 2am on November. Continue Reading

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Notre Dame Girls are State Champs!

The Notre Dame High School girls basketball team won the 1A State Championship in Des Moines last night. The girls played Newell-Fonda at the Wells Fargo Arena and won 57-54. It’s the first state championship the Nike girls have ever won and they are heading home today to celebrate. Festivites start at 1:45pm at Casey’s General Store in Middletown where they will then be escorted by police to the Notre Dame School, where they will continue to celebrate. Continue Reading

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Burlington Teen Arrested for Sex Abuse

A Burlington teenager was arrested today and charged with Third Degree Sex Abuse. 19-year-old Keyon D’Nore Parks was taken into custody after an investigation revealed he was having sex with a 14-year-old female. The incident was reported to the Burlington Police Department on February 20th. Parks is being held at the Des Moines County Jail until his initial appearance on $10,000 bond. Continue Reading

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Burlington’s Water Main Mystery Finally Solved

Burlington Municipal Waterworks revealed some good news late this morning. The “main” that broke last week under Flint Creek has been fixed and the missing pipe has been found… “We’ve got about 100 feet of new pipeline installed and we’ve got it filled with water. We’re going to let it soak over the weekend,” Borden says. Waterworks Director Allen Borden says he’s unsure how much the project will end up costing them, but hopes to find out by the middle or end of next week. Continue Reading

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Burl/WB United Way Welcomes New President

Burlington/West Burlington United Way President, Chet Young, welcomed a new president today at the 88th Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Pzazz Convention and Event Center. During his speech, he shared how proud he was to be part of an organization that does so much for the Burlington and West Burlington area… “When I have people come to me and say “my child got to go to Y-camp or girl scout camp, or boy scout camp because of your contributions”, I say, thank you United Way.” Jerry Krause of F&M Bank will now lead the Burlington/West Burlington United Way as president. Other candidates chosen to fill a couple seats were KC Fleming as the 2015 General Campaign Chair and Dan Luttenegger as the General Campaign Associate. Continue Reading

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Iowa Talking Seriously about Medical Marijuana

Legislative leaders like House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer say the tide may be turning for efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, although they don’t expect legalization to happen this year. “The discussion has risen to a different level or changed appreciably this year.” Upmeyer, who holds a masters degree in nursing, says legislators “want to be educated” because “technically it’s very challenging” to write a law that would legalize marijuana use in limited circumstances… “But I think there is interest, certainly. The moms who testified make a very compelling argument for folks to at least study this issue and see what’s possible.” Continue Reading

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WIU Receives $50,000 from State Farm

Bloomington’s State Farm has given $50,000 to Western Illinois University’s Business and Technology Program. The money will go towards a new classroom lab that will include an 80-inch flat screen monitor, and deal with things like apps, 3-D graphics, and other forms of digital media. WIU Alum and State Farm Assistant Vice President for Corporate Systems, Bill Miller, says there’s more than one purpose for State Farm’s partnership with Western…. “We want to identify students and graduates from Western Illinois that are potential State Farm employees, and can make a difference for state farm customers. On the same hand, we also want to help Western prepare students for post graduation.” Continue Reading